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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

It is particularly useful for quickly setting up environments that need significant customization and set up for continuous delivery. I would say Acquia is less appropriate for smaller scale sites that wouldn't necessarily need the separated environments.
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Curata

I liked Curata, but it depends on the use case of how it will be used as to how effective it is for someone. If you are trying to curate content it works great. Had I not been so put off by the issue mentioned earlier I would have given more effort to learn the CMS, so I am not sure how effective it really is.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Curata
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Curata

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Curata
API
Acquia
9.0
Curata
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Curata

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Curata
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Curata
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Curata
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Curata
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Curata
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Curata
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Curata
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Curata
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Curata

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Curata
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Curata
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Curata
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Curata
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Curata
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Curata

Content Publishing

Acquia
Curata
7.5
Content hub
Acquia
Curata
7.0
Content distribution
Acquia
Curata
8.0

Content Reporting & Analytics

Acquia
Curata
8.5
Closed-loop tracking and reporting
Acquia
Curata
8.0
Content performance analytics
Acquia
Curata
9.0

Pros

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
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  • Allows you to curate content and narrow your search parameters to pretty specific areas.
  • It learns your selections and overtime serves up better and more relevant content.
  • It works very well with WordPress, it integrates smoothly and allows you to share content on the fly with their Chrome plug-in.
  • Curata's support is great, if you need them they will help out quickly to resolve your issues.
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Cons

  • This is a difficult question for me to answer, as I have seen the platform mature over the past few years and they recently, 3-6 months ago revamped their admin UI web interface that addressed some of their previous shortcomings. I don't ever have any difficulty finding what I need, when I need it on the admin UI. My first suggestion would be to review their documentation in some areas, which are still linked to the previous iteration of the web interface.
  • The majority of the services offered by Acquia Cloud Hosting are built on top of Amazon Web Services. As a result, some SSL certificates do not work well, or at all if they originate from Network Soutions (which have never worked), or GeoTrust (Equifax), VeriSign, and DigiCert, which on occasion produce SSL certificates that fail to work on Acquia Cloud.
  • Recently I have found that team management has a couple of limitations when the client is the "Organization administrator," and the role of "Team administrator" is assigned to myself or a member of my team. There are some links and page options that should be available to those of us assigned the role of Team Lead or Senior Developer within the Team Management structure, but we have had to contact support to update our permissions to be granted the appropriate access. It may be a result of their recent upgrade to the site, and regardless, support was able to fix our issue the same day we submitted a request.
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  • For me the product worked great for what I needed it for, I no longer needed it and was a few days past their renewal date (you have to cancel either 60 or 90 days before the end date of the contract) and they would not work with me. They took the stance of, "Too bad, so sad." They offered me their CMS along with their CCS for this last year, but we never fully used it and was turned off by the lack of customer service initially in this situation...especially after it was a matter of around 10 days or so that I was late.
  • Having to keep reconnecting LinkedIn would throw me off at times.
  • Sometimes the article I was trying to post to WordPress would get hung up and I would need to get a hold of support to help clear the system.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Drupal is designed to grow with our changing needs and technology trends. Our hope is that as new features are needed, we'll be able to adapt as we grow
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Curata10.0
Based on 1 answer
For all of the features we loved when we signed on like the microsite and search capabilities and also their customer service, we will very likely renew with Curata. We also really like the evolution we have seen of the solution, just recently a new integration with Marketo (also a vendor of ours) was announced which will be very beneficial to us in optimizing our email newsletters
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Alternatives Considered

We evaluated multiple content management solutions, and Drupal was the best fit for our needs.
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We closely considered Rallyverse before deciding on Curata. Rallyverse had superior social sharing capabilities, but Curata's microsite and email newsletter features plus the infinite content source and feed search capabilities far outweighed what Rallyverse has to offer at this time. We are very happy with our decision
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Return on Investment

  • better support
  • more sales
  • faster development
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  • I would say neutral for us, but more so because of how we were using it and it being a stop-gap fix for us.
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Pricing Details

Acquia

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Acquia Editions & Modules
Acquia
Additional Pricing Details

Curata

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Curata Editions & Modules
Curata
Edition
Curata Software
$6991
1. per Instance (no seat limits)
Additional Pricing Details
We have 2 solutions: - Curata CCS content curation software - Curata CMP content marketing platform (e.g., editorial calendar, analytics engine)